Student raises sight loss awareness

Ellon design student Laura Sim.
Ellon design student Laura Sim.

An Ellon student has used her final year project to highlight alarming facts about sight and hearing loss.

Laura Sim, 22, who is about to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Communication Design from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, has presented key information in a form that is accessible to people with different needs and abilities.

The former Ellon Academy pupil, whose work is currently on display as part of the Gray’s Degree Show, has produced a range of designs that are laser cut into birch plywood to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye check-ups.

She explained: “From the research I carried out for this project a lot of things were brought to my attention. For example, the shocking facts on how preventable many cases of sight loss are from simply getting our eyes checked regularly.

“Images or information for sighted people are presented differently than for people who are blind and obviously there are different requirements for different abilities.

“I wanted to experiment by exploring ways that information can be presented in a design form that is accessible to everyone.

“I also wanted to produce designs that appeal to more than one sense, such as our sight and touch, while creating pieces of work that teach people something.”